Sunday, 19 February 2017

Obscure Tape Music of Japan Vol. 2: Music For Puppet Theatre of Hitomi-Za

Volume two in the series features more bizarre manipulations from Yuasa, this time joined by Kuniharu Akiyama. This music was created for Japan's largest puppet theatre company, Hitomi-Za. Read more about them here.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Obscure Tape Music of Japan Vol. 1: Aoi No Ue

The first in this amazing series of releases that documents lesser-known electroacoustic and experimental music in Japan. Joji Yuasa features heavily in the series, which we will be posting up gradually. 
This volume is full of manipulated vocal chants. Like a ghost in your sink, haunting the drains beneath you.

Two new Cellar titles drop next month.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Somei Satoh 'Litania'

Beautiful, unfolding process pieces from contemporary Japanese composer, Somei Satoh.
At many points exercising his Zen influences by embracing the subtleties of tone at lower dynamics.

Peformed by the ever astonishing

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Soon on Cellar: Straytone 'Brute Force Melodies'

Excited to announce another title from the next batch, Brute Force Melodies from Japan's Straytone.
Hear a preview above.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Emperor Tangerine 'My Empire'

One of the best noise (or, just noisy) releases to come out in recent years on the TKX label.
Harsh vocal samples and mangled radio extracts make a hellish, but riveting, sound-world across four long excursions.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Raglani 'Classically Sprained'

Excellent slab of ambient synth workouts from way back in '09.
Came out in what was truly a golden year for the style, and specifically for Arbor records.
Long since sold out.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Robert Ashley 'Private Parts'

Ashley remains an overlooked composer, whose explorations of the written/spoken word and it's role in music were well ahead of his time.
His contemporaries, whom he stood quite apart from, still overshadow his work (Glass, Cage, Monk, etc)
This is an adapted version of his opera, Private Parts.

This is an excellent document by Peter Greenaway on the opera mentioned above: